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CHAMBER ANNOUNCES WINNERS FOR 24th ANNUAL BUSINESS AWARDS

The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the winners for our 24th Annual Business Excellence Awards, which were proudly presented by Bell.

The awards were presented Saturday night, April 14th at the Valhalla Inn.

HONOURARY MEMBERSHIP:  David Farrell​

CHARLES J CARTER LIFETIME BUSINESS ACHIEVEMENT AWARD:  Barry Streib

COMMITMENT TO QUALITY AWARD, Sponsored by Bombardier Transport Canada Inc.:  Thunder Bay Hydro Conservation & Energy Department

BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARD – SMALL, Sponsored by Gillons* Insurance:  Giant Gymnastics

BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARD – MEDIUM,  Sponsored by Weiler, Maloney, Nelson:  TownePlace Suites by Marriott, Thunder Bay

BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARD – LARGE, Sponsored by BDO Canada LLP:  TBT Engineering Inc.

BUSINESS PERSON OF THE YEAR, Sponsored by Ambassadors Northwest:  Nikos Mantis, Pinetree Catering Inc.

CUSTOMER SERVICE AWARD, Sponsored by Fort William Historical Park:  BDC: Business Development Bank of Canada

ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP AWARD, Sponsored by Ontario Power Generation:  Twin City Refreshments

GAMECHANGER AWARD, Sponsored by Thunder Bay Hydro:  Sleeping Giant Brewing Co.

LOOKING GOOD AWARD, Sponsored by Grand Portage Lodge & Casino:  Sleeping Giant Brewing Co.

NEW BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARD, Sponsored by RBC Royal Bank:  Maid for the Bride

NOT FOR PROFIT EXCELLENCE AWARD, Sponsored by OLG in partnership with Gateway Casinos Thunder Bay:  The Salvation Army Journey to Life Centre

QUALITY OF LIFE AWARD, Sponsored by Thunder Bay CEDC/Entrepreneur Centre:  Tbaytel

TOURISM PARTNERSHIP AWARD, Sponsored by City of Thunder Bay:  Fort William Historical Park

Join us for an evening of glamour, anticipation and celebration as we host the 2018 Business Awards of Excellence and announce twelve winners from among nearly 70 nominations.

“Surround yourself with human beings, my dear James.”

Enjoy a fantastic meal from our hosts at the Valhalla Inn, and the opportunity to pull out all the stops and channel your inner Man (or Woman) of Mystery at this spectacular Casino Royale-themed event.

Join us for an evening of glamour, anticipation and celebration as we host the 2018 Business Awards of Excellence and announce twelve winners from among nearly 70 nominations.

“Surround yourself with human beings, my dear James.”

Enjoy fun and games, a fantastic meal from our hosts at the Valhalla Inn, and the opportunity to pull out all the stops and channel your inner Man (or Woman) of Mystery at this spectacular Casino Royale-themed event.

SYNCHRONIZE
TIMEPIECES:

Saturday, April 14, 2018
5:30 – 10pm

ACCEPT
THIS MISSION:

Nominees: $85 (Nominees can purchase two tickets at the nominee rate per nomination)

Members: $100

Public: $130

MISSION
COORDINATES:

Valhalla Inn Hotel
Valhalla Inn Road,
Thunder Bay, Ontario

Business Excellence – Large
(26+ employees)

  • Goldcorp Musselwhite Mine
  • Grid Link
  • Lowerys
  • TBT Engineering Limited

Award sponsored by BDO Canada LLP

Business Excellence – Medium
(7-25 employees)

  • Auto-Tool-Toy Sense
  • Christina’s Home and Garden Ltd.
  • Fairway Physiotherapy
  • Jones & Associates Insurance
  • Santorellis Husky Travel Centre
  • TownePlace Suites by Marriott, Thunder Bay

Award sponsored by Weiler, Maloney, Nelson

Business Excellence – Small
(1-6 employees)

  • The Blue Door Bistro
  • CAA North & East Ontario – Travel Store
  • Giant Gymnastics
  • Rooster’s Bistro
  • Thunder Bay Border Cats
  • Thunder Bay Home Check Inc.
  • The Whole Nine Yards/Carefree Clothing

Award sponsored by Gillons* Insurance

Business Excellence Criteria:  Our three Business Excellence Awards are presented to companies that exhibit true business excellence. These companies have advanced in economic and/or financial growth through sales/earnings and financial management. They excel in quality customer/client service, are leaders in employment creation, diversity and inclusion, and seek to continuously improve employee relations and are prominently involved in community affairs.  * Must have been in business for more than 4 years. (prior to January 1, 2014)

Business Person of the Year

  • Jim Comuzzi, Rooster’s Bistro
  • Linda Kelly, Kelly Mental Health
  • Nikos Mantis, Pinetree Catering Inc.
  • Shalini Misir, Maid for the Bride
  • Jason Taddeo, Fairway Physiotheraphy
  • John Trevisanutto, Half-Way Motors

Award sponsored by Ambassadors Northwest

The Business Person of the Year award is presented to an individual in the business community who exemplifies excellent leadership qualities, innovative business skills, proactive employee and customer relations, and community leadership.

Customer Service

  • BDC: Business Development Bank of Canada
  • CAA North & East Ontario – Travel Store
  • Coran’s Music Education Inc.
  • Driverseat Thunder Bay
  • Half-Way Motors Mazda
  • Kelly Mental Health
  • La Poutine
  • Maid for the Bride
  • Perfect Fit Lingerie & Fashion
  • Touch Unwired

Award sponsored by Fort William Historical Park

The Customer Service award is presented to a business that is committed to high standards of customer service. This company delivers exceptional service in their dealings with customers and educates and encourages their staff to improve and excel in matters of customer relations. This company also strives to improve the customer experience within their business through communications, problem solving and innovation.

Environmental Stewardship

  • BioNorth Solutions (Microbiate)
  • Twin City Refreshments

Award sponsored by Ontario Power Generation

The Environmental Stewardship award is presented to the company or organization that best exemplifies environmentally sustainable operations through their normal course of business and in day-to-day operations. For example:

  • Reduce waste
  • Reduce energy use
  • New technology
  • Promotion of environmental issues within the company or organization

GameChanger 

  • Breakfast Lunch & Deener
  • Confederation College & the Student Union of Confederation College
  • Intrideo by Socy Inc
  • Kateri Construction Consulting & Design
  • La Poutine
  • Maid for the Bride
  • Rent Panda
  • Sleeping Giant Brewing Co.

Award sponsored by Thunder Bay Hydro

The GameChanger is an individual or organization who introduces new offerings, breakthrough solutions or a revolutionary approach to enhance our lives and challenge the status quo. Through their collaborative efforts they inspire Thunder Bay leaders and businesses to think differently about how they serve their clients, employees and community.

Looking Good

  • The Chanterelle On Park
  • Sleeping Giant Brewing Co.

Award sponsored by Grand Portage Lodge and Casino

The Looking Good award is presented to a business or organization that has completed renovations or restored a property or building that already exists within the last two years (January 2016-December 2017) and the improvements of the property have shown a positive impact on its surrounding community.

New Business Excellence

  • The Hub Bazaar
  • Maid for the Bride
  • Salute Consulting Limited
  • Superior Kinesiology
  • U2 Fasteners
  • Ultimate Gymnastics
  • Uptown Cut

Award sponsored by RBC Royal Bank.

The New Business Excellence award is presented to a new locally-owned business that has been operating for at least two years but within four years and that has demonstrated innovation, vision, employment creation and business growth prospects.

Not for Profit Excellence 

  • Magnus Theatre
  • The Salvation Army Journey to Life Centre
  • Taylorpedia – Safe Zone
  • The Waterfront District BIA (Business Improvement Area)
  • Thunder Bay District Humane Society

Award sponsored by OLG

The Not for Profit Excellence award is presented to the organization that exemplifies excellence and innovation in their programs, projects, and partnerships. Their commitment to growth and expanded programs, as well as service, community involvement, sustainable practices and/or job creation/development demonstrates a dedicated focus on achieving their vision and mandate.

Quality of Life

  • The Bodymind Centre
  • Breakfast Lunch & Deener
  • Fairway Physiotheraphy
  • Kelly Mental Health
  • The Salvation Army Journey to Life Centre
  • Tbaytel
  • Thunder Bay Community Foundation

Award sponsored by Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission

The Quality of Life award is presented to a business or organization for outstanding contribution to the quality of life of a person, group or organization in our community.

Tourism Excellence

  • Fort William Historical Park
  • Thunder Bay Country Market
  • Thunder Bay International Airports Authority

Award sponsored by City of Thunder Bay Tourism

A business or organization that delivers exceptional visitor experiences, raising the profile of our community as a premier destination of choice for leisure, corporate, and sport guests by:

  • Recognizing innovation and delivering exceptional customer experiences
  • Recognizing investment in the community’s tourism infrastructure
  • Cultivating a reputation for delivering exceptional customer service

Visitor attraction, event, hospitality and culinary establishments are eligible.

2017 Winners

Nomination and Judging Process

  • An organization can be nominated by anyone (nomination link on web page)
  • The Chamber office receives the nomination and ensures the nominee qualifies (ie. for that particular category, are a Chamber member in good standing etc.)
  • The nominee is notified of their nomination and they can either decline or accept.  If the nominee accepts they then are asked to complete the submission form by the deadline.
  • Once all the submissions are collected they are collated and put together for a package for our judges:
    • The judges are a cross section of our membership
    • The judges each rate submissions based on the rubric in the questionnaire, coming up with an overall score for each nominee
    • These totals are tallied then given to an auditor who double checks all the numbers and determines the winners in each category
  • The winners are kept secret and revealed at Awards Gala

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